It costs as little as $3,000 a year or $250/month to support one student through the Student Assistance program. Donate to the Student Assistance Program.
Helping Homeless Teens Graduate from High School
The Student Assistance Program supports high school students who manage life on their own. For many reasons, including parental abuse, neglect, violence and substance abuse participating students face life's challenges without the emotional or financial support of their parents. The Student Assistance Program is the difference between giving up and graduating for many Kansas City area teenagers. Students are referred to the Student Assistance Program by school counselors and social workers.
Academic Success - Providing support that helps youth stay in school, graduate and prepare for life after graduation
Financial Stability - Providing a monthly stipend to assist with living expenses as well as resource referrals for additional financial assistance, employment opportunities and other needs
Healthy Lifestyles - Psychosocial education, linkages to health-related resources and the provision of mental health counseling
Results - Despite the challenges, during the 2015-16 school year, 96 percent of participating Student Assistance Program seniors graduated on time. Many will continue on to college or technical training in the fall. Overall, 100 percent of the enrolled underclassmen will advance to the next grade - staying in school, earning acceptable grades and attending regular case management meetings.
Program Success Stories
One-on-one meetings with case managers provide:
- Support and encouragement as the students cope with difficult life circumstances
- Goal setting and decision making guidance
- Assistance locating tutoring and applying for college/financial aid
- Help finding and using available community resource